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The World Beneath Paperback – February 1, 2011
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While Sandy attends a Goddess workshop, forever struggling to recapture the euphoria of the Franklin River experience, a vague dissatisfaction hobbles the day-to-day rewards of existence, overwhelmed as she is with the burden of single parenthood, her body buffeted by gravity's siren song and Sophie's critical lamentation: "That's what having a baby did to your body... like balloons that had been stretched to the limit...then gradually left to deflate again... like overripe fruit." But not to worry, for Rich fares no better, his responses inconsistent, from his original impression ("She looked like one of those Bratz dolls.") to the more confessional "He wonders why, of everything, her tenderness is the very worst thing." His observant daughter quickly assesses the nature of a man on the wrong side of time with a habit of inflating global adventures, but inarticulate in the matter of fathers and daughters.Read more ›
The father's machismo and stupidity during the gruelling overland trek through the Tasmanian wilderness that he 'fought to protect' is particularly cringe-worthy. He is trying to prove himself to a daughter he barely knows and fails spectacularly. The daughter has issues of her own, but rises to the occasion when the get into trouble. Meanwhile the mother is at a retreat trying to 'find herself' and failing in a hilarious fashion. In spite of these failures, nothing terrible happens and there is even a smidgen hope for the future at the end.
Added much later: My 21 year old daughter has now read the book - loved it.
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Being a Tasmanian,and justa bit older than several of the main characters could really relate to them.And all the bulls*** of the patouchli age. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Great book. Beautifully written. Characters are authentic, convincible and consistent. As is the story. Highly recommendedPublished 9 months ago by Christine
This was an ok story, I was too young to remember the Franklin dam protests in Tassie, and I think if I did it would enhance the story.Published on May 2, 2013 by Gen Y Knitting Nanna
I know people like this, living life on a past event, which is a bit scarey. The characters are not particularly likeable!Published on March 19, 2013 by Big George
I read this on the recommendation of a friend and i'm glad i did. Most Australian literary novels annoy me because of their pretension and vaguely hipster ethos. Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by Lewis Woolston
A very well written novel about a fairly typical young girl, her self absorbed mother and estranged father. Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by Sylvia